Back in college — this was the late ’90s mind you — I had a friend who had a friend who who got a massage somewhere in Chinatown that ended with the masseur giving her an orgasm. I never met this girl or talked to her directly, but I accepted this story as truth because of its happy ending (har har), although, I’m fairly certain it was an urban legend. Someone wrote an expose about women who get happy ending massages on the regular. So, I guess it happens, but more than 15 years later, I’ve gotten several massages in Chinatown and I’ve never had a hand go anywhere near my no-no parts. I once heard a man in the next massage stall grunting a little bit. But it just sounded like I’m Getting A Massage Grunting. I’ve never met anyone who’s actually had a happy ending massage or admitted to it. And I guess that even if they did, they might not want to brag about it because it’s considered an act of prostitution in every state but Nevada. Good ‘ol Nevada. But this story isn’t about Nevada where masturbatory services flow like Franzia. It’s about China, and the fact that police there had no idea that happy endings were legal. Keep reading »
Noted horndog and former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 76, was found guilty of paying for sex from a 17-year-old at one of his famous “bunga bunga” parties and sentenced to seven years in prison. Although Karima El Mahroug passed herself off as being 24, the Moroccan nightclub dancer nicknamed Ruby the Heart Stealer was definitely not over 18, the legal age to pay someone for sex in Italy. Keep reading »
To celebrate International Day of Prostitutes (apparently that’s a thing?) on June 2, Brazil’s director of the Department of STDs, AIDS, and Viral Hepatitis devised an ad campaign to encourage the use of condoms in the country’s legal prostitution industry, as well as remove the social stigma surrounding sex work. Unfortunately, it turns out that most people didn’t feel that the ads’ message was quite appropriate. One PSA read, “I cannot be seen without a condom, my love.” But the poster that has received the most attention featured a smiling woman and the phrase “I’m happy being a prostitute.” Keep reading »
On Christmas Eve 2009, an escort named Lenora Ivie Frago refused to have sex with a client who hired her via Craigslist, so he pulled out a gun and shot her. Ezekiel Gilbert of Texas injured Frago in the neck, paralyzing her for seven months until she died.
Yesterday, a jury acquitted Gilbert of murder, because he said he was only trying to get back the $150 he had paid her. He didn’t intend to kill the 23-year-old escort when he shot her in the neck, you see. He was just trying to reclaim his stolen property! Keep reading »
Francois Ozon: I think women understand the film more than men. … I think women can really be connected with this girl because it’s a fantasy of many women to do prostitution. That doesn’t mean they do it, but the fact to be paid to have sex is something which is very obvious in feminine sexuality.
The Hollywood Reporter: Why do you believe that is a desire? I really don’t think that’s the case.
I think that’s the case because sexuality is complex. I think to be an object in sexuality is something very obvious you know, to be desired, to be used. There is kind of a passivity that women are looking for. That’s why the scene with Charlotte Rampling is very important, because she says [prostitution] was a fantasy she always had but never had the courage to do it. She was too shy.
How did you come to the conclusion that is a theme in women’s sexuality?
It is the reality. You speak with many women, you speak with shrinks, everybody knows that. Well, maybe not Americans!
This is the French director Francois Ozon, whose film “Young & Beautiful” — about a Parisian teen girl who becomes a prostitute — screened at Cannes. At first I was inclined to think, ‘Oh, those French men!‘ but I do think this exchange is worth a closer look because it reveals a lot about his somewhat limited view of women’s sexual fantasies. Keep reading »
A brothel filled with men for female customers? We’re listening … It turns out the call comes from an anti-poverty group in Turkey demanding that legal, state-run brothels practice gender equality. The campaigners from Sefkat Der accuse the Turkish government of condoning “sex slavery,” and as a ploy to fight prostitution in general, are daring them to open a brothel that caters to women. After all, the brothels filled with women get over 5,000 male customers a day. “They say men need sex and they need to go to brothels. But on the other hand, they are not accepting the principles of gender equality,’” said one of the campaigners. Keep reading »